As seen in the Tampa Bay Times
By Howard Altman

 

Helping commandos face one tough challenge: Finding their next job

The Honor Foundation transition course runs 110 hours over 12 weeks and started at the business school of the University of California, San Diego. Bradin calls the course world-class. A second campus opened in 2016 at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Va.

Musselman began his work with that frustrated SEAL Team 6 master chief. He declined to identify the man. Musselman said he helped the SEAL with resume design, understanding his personal value, where he fit in the marketplace and managing a LinkedIn account.

“He was part of SEAL Team 6 for many years and didn’t have an online presence,” Musselman said.

There was another challenge: Most commandoes see themselves as quiet professionals so they are accustomed to staying mum about what they did, even with potential employers.

After helping one former SEAL, Musselman began looking for others. He traveled the country, talking about transition to 215 SEALs in seven states, including Florida. The situation, he said, was “dreadful.”

Constant job switching. Low pay. Underemployment and unemployment.

“Only 13 percent of those I interviewed had jobs leaving the service,” he said.

After starting his program, which helps enrollees understand who they are and where they fit in, things changed. Musselman said 97 percent found careers, formal education or entrepreneurships.

In February, Musselman gave a workshop on his program at the Global SOF Foundation symposium in Palm Harbor. He said he would like to expand his efforts so help will be available to the entire force of some 70,000 commandoes and supporters working through SoCom.”